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Angi K

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-18

Excellent narration, irritating character

Central character is SO annoying! You'll want to strangle her. Good story is almost consolation..

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-18

Best Space SciFi I've ever read

If you ever want to challenge yourself to just TRY it, JUST TRY IT! Amazing-writing-amazing-story!!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-18

The parable of the vineyard & our interna struggle

Raw refection on the internal struggle personal-comfort v desire to do right in the world.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Not know the story is a disadvantage

Enjoyed other novels of this era--Dickens-Dostoesky-Tolstoy--but found Bleak House challenging-to-follow. Learn about story before listening.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-18

Amazing! Imaginative depth. Performance delights

A gripping tale. Couldn't stop listening. Henry makes you see how we've misunderstood all along.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-18

I grew up on TV Sherlock reruns.

Beautiful writing. Incredible performance. I would normally never read this. I know some of Sherlock Holmes's adventures through childhood television reruns. I never knew how enjoyable and varied would be Arthur Conan Doyle's vision of the adventuring English genius detective.

Stephen Fry is one of my favorite readers. His timing, pitch, pronunciation enliven characters throughout. I lose myself to the listening of the story and the characters are plainly before me.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-17

Skilfully unfolded mystery, lively narration

Another engaging DC-novel. Grainger's complex & imperfect characters together cleverly & humorously solve crimes & do ordinary life.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-17

Well-crafted, complex & w/o nauseating brutality

Exciting story. Detective experienced clever, humorous, reflective--no desperate broodiness. Action Intense, relationshups complicated. Engaging narration.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-17

"so-amazing-I-don't-care how it ends!" Notsomuch.

angithelinguist

NOW.

Duh! I knew nothing about the author's other works. I wouldn't have had my hopes up. Guess it just a genre I don't enjoy. I didn't realize I was supposed to be ready for the magical. HA!

Funny how your lack of knowledge of the genre and author affects our experience of the narrative and our expectatation of a text. I didn't get it!

THEN...

I'm only three hours into this book--a brilliantly-performed, narrative of suspense, complex and believable charactera, thrilling twist!

Whether reading or listening, I have never rated a book before I finished it. Each move the author makes in the story leads you toward a surprising destination and you just want more!

feeling kinda greedy... A rare moment for picky reader. I can get really snooty about audio performances, so... just sayin.

LATER...

AND at about 7 hrs it really started to be annoying. I don't like stories that slyly work the storyline with magic. An easy way out, indeed!

If I had the ability to tell stories, I'd never stop and I'd never take an easy way out. And if I wanted to bring in paranormal or magical realism, if do it all the way. AND I probably wouldn't earn a dime.

I admire the creativity and craftiness of Adele and Louise's likeability and idiotic, yet believable hypocrisy. The coldness and calculation was quite clever... BUT, after a few hours, I was forcing myself to listen. So. There's that. Nonetheless, it was very, very clever.

Great-ish!

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-16

Only Joan Walker GETS Backman. FORGET IT.

Without the wide pitch and musical speech the character loses life in this reader's voice. Newbern sounds like the non fiction books about high productivity (as read by the author) trying to pretend he's trying to relax. EXCEPT when he's quoting Ove. But he should keep that voice engaged throughout. The story is as silly and touching as the others, but only Joan Walker gives the air of the magic and fantastical absurdity of life. and only an English or other UK accented English speaker can affect humor when saying the curse "bloody." Each time I hear it by Newbern, I think of open gash. Ove is like Britt Marie.

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